Outdoor cooking is no longer a seasonal sport with the right BBQ equipment and accessories. Do you need a gas barbeque like a Napoleon grill, or are you cooking “low and slow” with a Traeger smoker? This BBQ Buying Guide will help you decide what is the best BBQ for your outdoor kitchen

BBQs & Grills

You have many options to take in: electric BBQs, natural gas BBQs, charcoal BBQs, Kamado grills, or wood pellet smokers. We have the right outdoor cooking system to make sure you and your guests enjoy a fantastic meal in that delicious smelling outdoor air. 

Types of Grills

  • Black charcoal BBQ

    Charcoal BBQ Grills

    • Lump or briquette charcoal is the primary fuel source in these units. You can further utilize wood chips to mimic the effect of a smoker.
    • Produces fewer flare-ups than gas units, as drippings are caught by the charcoal and converted to taste-infusing vapours.
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  • Weber Propane BBQ

    Natural Gas & Propane BBQ Grills

    • Can be fueled by a removable or refillable tank or a fixed gas line.
    • Options include multiple burners, side burners, rotisserie burners, automatic igniters, lighting, and many more accessories.
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  • BBQ Smoker

    Smoker BBQs & Grills

    • Smoker BBQs use the heat from smoke instead of heat directly generated from fuel.
    • Cooks food with less heat over longer periods of time.
    • Cooks low and slow. Food is often left to slow cook in a smoker for somewhere between 3 and 12 hours, ensuring tenderness and maximum flavour penetration.
    • Indirect smokers are excellent for cold smoking items like fish or even cheese!
    • Provides that distinct and delicious smoky flavour on all your favourite meats, seafood, and veggies.
    • A variety of flavours can be achieved by burning different materials to generate smoke (cherry wood, maple, mesquite, charcoal, etc.).
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  • An electric BBQ grill

    Electric Grills

    • Runs on electric power, a great alternative when a gas or charcoal BBQ is inaccessible.
    • Produces fewer fumes and smoke, so some cooking can be done both indoors and out.
    • Small, compact, and often portable and lightweight; the perfect size for an apartment or city dwelling.
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  • Outdoor pizza oven

    Outdoor Pizza Ovens & Grills

    • Due to the high heat generated and their flat stone cooking surface, pizza ovens are designed to be the perfect home-cooked pizza-making tool.
    • Typically wood-burning, they can be used to cook anything a conventional oven can.
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  • An outdoor deep fryer

    Outdoor Fryers

    • Outdoor fryers are large-capacity vessels that run on propane and contain a removable basket that can be lowered into preheated oil.
    • Put a fun twist on the traditional Thanksgiving turkey using an outdoor fryer — or invite friends and neighbours to a fish fry in your backyard.
    • Always remember these safety tips when using an outdoor fryer:
      • Make sure the fryer is on a secure, level, sturdy surface.
      • Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch them carefully.
      • Watch the weather; do not operate a fryer in rain or snow.
      • If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off immediately.
      • After frying, cover the leftover oil and let it cool overnight before storage, reuse, or disposal.
      • Always keep children and pets away from an outdoor fryer.
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  • A pellet grill

    Pellet Grills

    • Fuelled by safe, easy-to-use hardwood pellets that come in a variety of flavours: hickory, mesquite, apple, oak, and more.
    • Versatile grilling for any BBQ technique, from searing a steak to slow cooking a brisket.
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  • An example of an outdoor kitchen setup

    Outdoor Kitchens

    • Stunning, impressive, and very low-maintenance due to the durability of stainless steel and other finishes.
    • Fully customizable: Select your grill, side burners, doors and drawers, tank bins, ice machines, refrigerators, sinks, and more!
    • Can significantly increase your space and resources as your home and family grow.
    • Can potentially increase the value of your home, and will impress prospective buyers.
    • Popular for outdoor living projects and ideal for people who grill often or in large amounts.
    • Provides an everyday alternative to indoor cooking during summer, when interior kitchens can heat up your home.

    Tip: If your outdoor kitchen is in an enclosed area, consider adding an exhaust hood to keep the area freer from fumes.
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Essential BBQ Grill Accessories

Your outdoor grilling game is not complete without the accompanying gadgets, tools, accessories, and equipment. From smoking boxes to tool sets, meat thermometers, and grill racks, we've got everything you need to make the outdoor cooking experience easy and delicious. 
Digital meat thermometer

Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer can mean the difference between a perfectly done meal and one that's overcooked. No need to cut open your steak and sacrifice all those delicious juices. Use a meat thermometer instead.
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Black vinyl BBQ cover

BBQ Cover

Protect your investment! BBQs can be damaged by rain, snow, ice and UV rays. Using a cover can significantly extend the life of your BBQ, and will also cut down on cleaning and maintenance.
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BBQ wok basket

BBQ Cookware

You can diversify your recipe portfolio with grill racks and other cookware. Grill racks increase cooking space on your grill. Cookware like a perforated BBQ Wok Basket, for example, allows you to grill smaller items like chopped fruits, veggies, or potatoes.
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BBQ tool sets

BBQ Tool Sets

The right tools make all the difference. Make sure you're equipped with tongs, forks, spatulas, and grill brushes for safety, accessibility, and cleanliness.

Note: Grill brushes should be replaced every year due to the risk of bristles ending up in your food.

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Rotisserie Spit

Rotisserie Spits

A rotisserie spit ensures even temperature exposure across whatever you are cooking. Perfect for large gatherings, you can cook a number of whole chickens, large prime rib roasts, and more.
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Charcoal starter

Charcoal Starter

Also called a chimney, a charcoal starter gets your charcoal glowing and ready to cook in just minutes.
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BBQ cleaning brush

Cleaning Tools

Remove charred food and grimy build-up from your grill’s cooking surfaces to extend your BBQ's lifespan. Use grate wipes, brushes, and grid cleaner to keep your grill fresh.
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Types of BBQ Grills & Grates

BBQ grates are the surface on which your food directly sits. For this reason, it is extremely important to keep this surface clean and maintained to ensure even and safe cooking. There are four different types of cooking grates available.

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  • Cast iron BBQ grate

    Cast Iron

    These are the most basic and widely used grilling surface. Heavy grates that do not rust or corrode for a long time, they wear in well and, as long as they do not get cracked or damaged, cast iron grates can last a long time. 
  • Porcelain coated cast iron BBQ grate

    Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron Grates

    These are the most sought-after because of how well cast iron distributes heat and how the porcelain coating reduces food sticking. These perform well and last the longest out of all the four grate types.
  • Stainless steel BBQ grate

    Stainless Steel Grates

    These are often rust-resistant, long-lasting, and easy to clean. But without a secondary coating such as Teflon or porcelain, food can sometimes stick to the steel surface during grilling.
  • Porcelain coated stainless steel BBQ grate

    Porcelain-Coated Steel Grates

    Want to reduce the chance of food sticking to the grate? These are perfect for that, however, make sure you keep hard metal scrapers away from porcelain coated grills as they can chip.

    Tip: To ensure longevity, brush away built-up food particles while the grill is still warm.

Grill Rocks & Stones

Grill rocks absorb, hold, and reflect heat, which means they do a much better job of keeping your grill hot throughout the cook. They absorb the drips from your food as it cooks which can help avoid flare-ups, and adds to the overall flavour.

  • Lava rocks for natural gas or propane BBQs

    Lava Rock

    This type of rock, literally lava, is used to mimic the effect of charcoal cooking. Its porous surface traps grease and drippings from the grate above and, as a result, decreases flare-ups that are signature to charcoal. Lava rocks also evenly distribute heat throughout the grill which lessens the instance of hot spots (the sections of your grill that are hotter than others). 
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  • Ceramic briquettes for gas or propane BBQs

    Ceramic Briquettes

    These briquettes stay clean in the same manner as a self-cleaning oven, residue is baked off through the grilling process. Ceramic briquettes are more expensive than lava rock but last much longer. Ceramic briquettes also add flavour to the food being cooked without the harmful effect of added carcinogens from burning charcoal.
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BBQ Grill Parts & Maintenance

  • BBQ heat shield replacement part

    Vaporizer Bars & Heat Shields

    These plates minimize flare-ups and help eliminate hot spots throughout the grill. They provide uniform heat for even and thorough cooking. Any juices that drip from the above grates dissipate once they hit the hot metal. The hot metal plate acts as a basin for food drippings to land and evaporate, and this contributes to the wonderful flavours of your food.
  • BBQ igniter switch replacement part

    Igniters & Lighters

    Most BBQs come with automatic igniters included. However, prolonged wear and tear and exposure to the elements often results in needing a replacement. We have a wide variety of igniters and lighters available.
  • BBQ replacement burner part

    Burners

    The burners are the centre of your gas grilling experience. Gas escapes from perforations or gaps along the burners' sides and ignites to produce flames for cooking. They control your grilling with precise temperatures at the turn of a knob, whether you want to sear your steak or steam vegetables. Having effective and functional burners also allows for year-round grilling.

FAQs & Tips to Choose Your Grill


Your cooking preferences and the frequency of use should be the main deciding factors when selecting a model and size of BBQ. Gas BBQs are the most commonly used, as they produce more heat than charcoal and can cook food faster.

However, charcoal grilling is thought to be superior in the flavour it creates. When smoking, food isn't cooked by direct heat created by a flame, but rather by the smoke produced. All methods of cooking produce a different end result.

The level of heat generated by a BBQ is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). As a general rule, it's best to look for a BBQ with a rating of 80 to 100 BTUs per square inch to ensure enough heat is generated for the size of your grill.

Before using BTUs as your sole deciding factor, remember that BTUs are a measure of heat produced by the burners over the course of an hour and not a measure of the temperature a BBQ can reach. The ability of a BBQ to reach and maintain various cooking temperatures is more important than how much heat it can produce. Check out your BBQ’s top temperature in the product description if, for example, a good sear is important to you.

When deciding which BBQ to buy, consider the size of the meals you'll be preparing and the number of people you'll be feeding. For example, the average eight-ounce steak is roughly 5 by 3.5 in. (13 by 9 cm) depending on its thickness, resulting in a 17.5 sq. in. (113 sq cm) surface.

If a grill has 555 square inches of grilling space, you could probably grill almost 30 of these steaks at a time on it! Often, BBQs come with heating shelves, side burners, and rotisserie heaters to provide added heating and cooking space. Look for these features if you'll be grilling a lot.

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